Alex J. Cavanaugh, and which now has a permanent home at the IWSG site. Every first Wednesday of the month we gather to connect with one another, to share our thoughts and our insecurities, and to offer one another the kind of guidance and reassurance that only another author can provide.
This month I wanted to talk about the single greatest challenge that plagues my writing - procrastination.
I know it's my greatest flaw, and I'm all too aware of when I'm doing it, but I'll be damned if I can find my way past it. There always seems to be something else that needs to be done, especially with all the health and career challenges our family has gone though over the past few months. Excuses are plentiful . . . but they all come down to procrastination.
I've tried scheduling writing time for myself, but that never seems to work. Again, there are plenty of excuses there - it's not the right time, it's not enough time, etc. - but they all come down to the same thing . . . procrastination. It drives me nuts.
I have a novella that's one solid edit away from being ready for submission, and the story runs through my head whenever I can't do anything about it (when I'm driving, sitting on a conference call at work, etc.). I also have a full-length novel begging for a final rewrite, complete with notes and commentary from a friend who took the time to read it through. That's a bit more daunting, because it does need some major work in places, but I know precisely what needs to be done.
Procrastination ever get in your way? If so, let us know how you cope.